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May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012

The following are lists of books releasing the weeks of April 30th and May 7th that we think will be of interest to readers.

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On Sale the Week of April 30th in Hardcover

May 1st

Charlotte knows that Oliver, Abe and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. But when a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl --- and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he might want to be more than friends with Char --- being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.
Simon Pulse * 9781442421592

BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore
Eight years after GRACELING, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea, but the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. When Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle --- disguised and alone --- to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the 35-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.
Dial * 9780803734739

CRAZY DANGEROUS by Andrew Klavan
Sam Hopkins faces down some bullies who are harassing an eccentric schoolmate named Jennifer. To Sam, Jennifer seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons, the devil and death. Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies --- prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.
Thomas Nelson * 9781595547934

DESTINED by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare and deadly Winter faerie, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.
HarperTeen * 9780061668128

THE DROWNED CITIES by Paolo Bacigalupi
In the war-torn lands of THE DROWNED CITIES, refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to escape the violence that plagues the main metropolis. When they are confronted by soldiers from the United Patriot Front, Mahlia must make a decision --- risk everything to save Mouse, the boy who once saved her, or flee on her own to safety.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers * 9780316056243

INSURGENT by Veronica Roth
Tris' initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction. Instead, war now looms, and in these times, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable --- and even more powerful. Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.
Katherine Tegen Books * 9780062024046

LUCY IN THE SKY by Anonymous

The author of this diary lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad and Berkeley-bound older brother, and started journaling on her 16th birthday. She was a good girl, living a good life...but one party, where she took one taste --- and liked it --- changed everything.
Simon Pulse * 9781442451872

NUMBERS #3: INFINITY by Rachel Ward
It's 2029, two years since the Chaos. Sarah and Adam are struggling to survive. She knows he always envisioned them together "'til death do us part." But will the child who she loves and who he saved come between them? INFINITY is the mind-blowing conclusion to Rachel Ward’s chilling trilogy.
The Chicken House * 9780545350921

WAITING by Carol Lynch Williams
Growing up in Africa and Latin America as the children of missionaries, London and Zach were as close as could be. But when Zach dies, London finds herself torn between her brother’s best friend and the handsome new boy in town as she struggles to find herself.
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books * 9781442443532

WENTWORTH HALL by Abby Grahame
It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been…even as their carefully constructed facade rapidly comes undone.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers * 9781442451964

WHEN YOU WERE MINE by Rebecca Serle
Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her --- and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet, the gorgeous, slightly insane girl who used to be Rose’s best friend, moves back to town and sets her sights on Rob. When rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability and threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life.
Simon Pulse * 9781442433137

WRECKED by Anna Davies
Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. But when a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, she meets a boy who seems eerily familiar, yet is full of mystery.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers * 9781442432789

On Sale the Week of April 30th in Paperback

May 1st

by M. T. Anderson

On Earth, aliens approach --- and they’re not the friendly type. Brian and Gregory have set out for the land of New Norumbega to see if the Norumbegans will help them fight the aliens. But New Norumbega is a place unlike any other: an empire of gut and bone, quite literally, made of everything that’s inside a body. And the two boys find themselves smack in the middle of a murder mystery and a robot rebellion.
Scholastic Paperbacks * 9780545138857

by Maggie Stiefvater

In SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER --- the conclusion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy --- the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.
Scholastic Paperbacks * 9780545259095

GLIMPSE by Carol Lynch Williams

Twelve-year-old Hope's life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Throughout the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative, readers and Hope discover that the mother is prostituting Lizzie, and it’s up to Hope to bring the truth to light to save her sister.
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books * 9781416997313

HARLEM SUMMER by Walter Dean Myers
As an assistant at The Crisis, a magazine for the "new Negro," 16-year-old Mark Purvis rubs shoulders with Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. He's making money, but not enough. And when piano player Fats Waller entices him and his buddies to make some fast cash, Mark finds himself crossing the gangster Dutch Schultz.
Scholastic Press * 9780439368445

ILLUSIONS by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel hasn't seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice. But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her.
HarperTeen * 9780061668111

Jake Ransom survives a near-death experience during Tae Kwon Do practice, and then is rescued from a botched burglary and a kidnapping attempt. But when the middle-grade student and his older sister visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York, they’re plunged into a strange and dangerous world.
HarperCollins * 9780061473845

LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter
Troubled teenager Luce is transformed into a mermaid and enjoys life with her fellow mermaids --- all formerly troubled young women --- until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?
Graphia * 9780547482538

by Anonymous

The author of this diary lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad and Berkeley-bound older brother, and started journaling on her 16th birthday. She was a good girl, living a good life...but one party, where she took one taste --- and liked it --- changed everything.
Simon Pulse * 9781442451858

After her mother dies, Alex Lee must leave her home on a Mendocino commune to live in her grandmother's Georgia mansion. Her culture shock is compounded by the supernatural shenanigans of the debutante society she’s expected to join. Alex's story has it all: magic, atmosphere, romance, and laugh-out-loud, fish-out-of-water situations.
Poppy * 9780316078481

OUT OF MY MIND by Sharon M. Draper
Melody cannot walk or talk, but has a photographic memory. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom, where her classmates dismiss her as mentally challenged. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy and is determined to let everyone know it…somehow.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers * 9781416971719

SO MUCH CLOSER by Susane Colasanti
When Brooke discovers that the love of her life, Scott Abrams, is moving from their New Jersey suburb to New York City for senior year, she decides to follow him there. Living with her estranged father and adjusting to a whole new school are challenging --- and things get even worse when she finds out that Scott already has a girlfriend.
Speak * 9780142421147

On Sale the Week of May 7th in Hardcover

May 8th


Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn't dead. But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell. But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.
Point * 9780545284110

CITY OF LOST SOULS: The Mortal Instruments, Book Five by Cassandra Clare

Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
Margaret K. McElderry Books * 9781442416864

ENCHANTED by Alethea Kontis

Sunday, a writer and neglected sibling, meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories. When Sunday kisses her frog, he is transformed into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland --- and a man Sunday’s family despises. The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo.
Harcourt Children's Books * 9780547645704

ENDURE by Carrie Jones

Zara is at the center of an all-out war, and an impending apocalypse, as Bedford is being ravaged by evil pixies. She isn’t just fighting for her friends, she’s also a pixie queen. And to align her team of pixies with the humans she loves will be one of her greatest battles yet. Especially since she can’t even reconcile her growing feelings for her pixie king…
Bloomsbury USA Children's Books * 9781599905549

FLORA’S FURY: How a Girl of Spirit and a Red Dog Confound Their Friends, Astound Their Enemies, and Learn the Importance of Packing Light by Ysabeau S. Wilce

At 16, Flora sets out to uncover the truth about the lies she has been told all her life, including the lie that her mother, Tiny Doom, is dead. Flora’s quest takes her on a journey from lawless islands, to the deadly desert, and into an unexpected romance with a brooding stranger who reveals himself to be a kindred spirit.
Harcourt Children's Books * 9780152054090

HEMLOCK by Kathleen Peacock

Since Mackenzie’s best friend Amy was brutally murdered, her life has been turned upside down. Not only is she being haunted by Amy in her dreams, but Lupine syndrome, also known as the werewolf virus, is on the rise, forcing a group called the Trackers to come to Mac’s hometown and find Amy’s suspected killer: a white werewolf.
Katherine Tegen Books * 9780062048653

NEVER FALL DOWN by Patricia McCormick

When soldiers arrive in his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock ‘n’ roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. When he is separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp, the soldiers ask if any of the kids can play an instrument. Arn volunteers, pulling him into the center of what we know today as the Killing Fields.
Balzer + Bray * 9780061730931


Paige Sheridan is pretty, rich and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash, everything changes. But who is Paige, if not the homecoming princess everyone expects her to be?
Candlewick * 9780763653125

When Taylor Edward’s dad gets devastating news, her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere.
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers * 9781416990673

SEE YOU AT HARRY’S by Jo Knowles

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. If it wasn't for Ran, her best and oldest friend, there would be nowhere to turn. But when the lives of Fern and her family are unexpectedly turned upside down, Fern feels more alone than ever, and responsible for the event that wrenches the family apart. All will never be the same.
Candlewick * 9780763654078


The members of "The Unbearable Book Club," CeeCee, Jill, Wallis and Adrienne, were all going into 11th grade A.P. English, but they weren't friends. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look them up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe.
Delacorte Books for Young Readers * 9780385737739

UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum

Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last are together in Paris. Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, a new and surprising enemy reveals itself and puts Vincent’s immortality in jeopardy.
HarperTeen * 9780062004048

On Sale the Week of May 7th in Paperback

May 8th

Tobias Richard Vandevelde finds himself involved with a strange bunch of sickly insomniacs who seem convinced that he needs their help. It's not until he's kidnapped and imprisoned that he starts to believe them --- and to understand what being a paranormal monster really means.
Graphia * 9780547721958

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for 16-year-old Anya Balanchine, daughter of a dead crime boss, life is fairly routine --- until she finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight.
Square Fish * 9781250010285

In the religious world of 17th-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment --- or worse. Accused of being a witch, 16-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged like her grandmother. Maggie escapes, but now she must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in doing so.
Graphia * 9780547722061

Emma Conway has never fit into the sweater-set-wearing world of her political family, opting for purple hair and Chuck Taylors to keep herself out of countless photo ops. But when she accidentally lets her father's presidential plans slip on national television, Emma finds herself thrown into the spotlight.
Poppy * 9780316179614

HEREAFTER by Tara Hudson
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no memories of her past life, she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. But everything changes when she tries to rescue a boy from drowning in the river.
HarperTeen * 9780062026781

Sam may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he’s doing all right --- until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces …or else.
Square Fish * 9780312674373

Eyewitness to two killings, 14-year-old Gabriel James relates the shocking story behind the murders in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks. Step by step, he traces his discovery of a link between a troubled classmate's disturbing home life and an outbreak of local crime. In the process, however, Gabriel becomes increasingly confused about his own culpability for the explosive events that have unfolded.
Square Fish * 9780312641610

PASSION: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate
Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn't need to be that way. Luce is certain that something --- or someone --- in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime, going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel and finally unlock the key to making their love last.
Delacorte Books for Young Readers * 9780385739177
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